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Canada Lives Here

While Toronto has emerged as a leading global city, it remains very much a Canadian city; home to some of Canada’s most famous icons and a spectacular range of cultures.

Arts and Culture

  • The most extensive collections of Canadian art featuring the famous Group of Seven painters can be found at the Art Gallery of Ontario in downtown Toronto.
  • The Museum of Inuit Art on Toronto’s waterfront showcases art from Canada’s northern communities, including a wide range of paintings and sculptures.
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is one of Canada’s longest standing symphonic ensembles established in 1922. With a large roster of musicians, many of whom are acclaimed artists, the music moves everyone.
  • The Canadian Opera Company has a reputation for artistic excellence and creativity, warming hearts with its musical performances.
  • Few things run deeper in Canadian culture than hockey. The history of hockey in Canada and around the world – including the Stanley Cup itself – can be found in the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.

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Food

  • Although infused with worldly flavours, some of Toronto’s finest restaurants highlight local ingredients and traditional Canadian dishes. Maple syrup, peameal bacon and poutine are among the best-known examples but many top chefs at restaurants such as Canoe and Bannock bring a contemporary feel to these traditional items.
  • Local farms supply Toronto with seasonal ingredients. Visit farms such as Whittamore’s Farm and Riverdale Farm and pick apples, pumpkins and strawberries yourself.
  • Ontario wines are among the best in the world, particularly Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Baco Noir varietals, along with Ontario’s world-famous Icewine.

Heritage

  • Canadian history can be seen and felt at Fort York, site of the Battle of York during the War of 1812; St. Lawrence Hall, the legendary meeting place of the emancipation movement leaders and the Underground Railroad; Black Creek Pioneer Village, which demonstrates the challenges of settler life in the region; Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Canadian First Nations artifacts.

Seasons

  • Four very different seasons change Canada’s landscape. Toronto is no different: Summer brings outdoor festivals closing down the streets; Fall colours are displayed in the parks and surrounding farms; Winter skating, skiing, and snuggling-up with hot chocolate never gets old; Spring breathes new life into the city with arts and cultural happenings. Any time is a good time to visit.
  • Worth knowing: Well-known author and contemporary artist Douglas Coupland’s “Red Canoe” is a snapshot of Canadiana and also represents iconic artist, Tom Thomson who canoed and painted in Algonquin Park.

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